For centuries the dragon has protected the village. Each year a new woman is chosen by lottery from among the unmarried women to appease him by mating with him. Gabriella hates the idea of being chosen, not just because she loves Jason, but because the man who is also the dragon has been lusting after her for years and she wants nothing to do with him.


Published: 03/2008
Length: Short Story
Word Count: 14,152
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Rating: Spicy
Available formats: : PDF, RTF, Epub, HTML, Mobipocket (.prc)



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Annmarie Ortega


© Copyright by Annmarie Ortega, March 2008
© Cover Art by Alex DeShanks, March 2008
ISBN 978-1-60394-
New Concepts Publishing
Lake Park, GA 31636


This is a work of fiction. All characters, events, and places are of the author's imagination and not to be confused with fact. Any resemblance to living persons or events is merely coincidence.


At the death of the Dragon, the man chosen to take its place will find the mark of the Dragon branded across his chest. This man will become the next protector of the village, same as the many men before him, centuries ago. The chosen lives as a man until his protective powers are needed, then the Dragon will be awakened from deep inside him.

The chosen will mate one time a year, his partner an unmarried woman of the village, who is chosen during the Scale Ceremony.

There is an old prophecy, so old no one knows when it began, that someday a special woman will be chosen for the Dragons mate. She will be known by the brand on her back, the mark matching that of the male Dragon. She will be the Dragons’ true soul mate and their children will be blessed by the Fates, creating a great race that will survive all time. And it will all be because of her, the Dragoness.